The Association for Rural & Small Libraries

The Voice of Rural & Small Libraries

Our Mission: ARSL builds strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.

The Benefits of Membership

ARSL proudly supports and represents rural & small library staff. We welcome library staff of all kinds, partners, and ally organizations to learn more about ARSL membership. 

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ARSL Annual Conference

ARSL's annual conference is the premiere conference for rural and small library professionals, advocates, and supporters. Mark your calendars for 2021 to join us October 20-23 in beautiful Reno/Sparks, Nevada!

2021 Conference

ARSL Conference Updates

Early Bird registration will open on Wednesday, July 7 for all conference attendees. Those who register during the Early Bird registration period will receive a significant discount on registration!

 Registration Costs

ARSL Members - EB $275 | Reg $350

Nonmembers - EB $350 | Reg $425

Advocates* - EB $225 | Reg $275

*Advocates includes library Trustees, Board Members, Friends, and Volunteers

 Conference Hotel

The Nugget Resort in Sparks, Nevada
1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV, 89431

Conference Room Block Group Rate: $99/night single/double occupancy plus taxes and fees

To Book By Phone: Call 1-800-648-1177 and ask for Group Code GARSL21

Click Here To Book Online

Catch the ARSL TRAIN! From Self-Care to Community Well-being through Design Thinking

Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm PT / 1:00-3:00 pm CT

After a year of upheaval from the COVID pandemic, compassion fatigue and librarian burnout are more prevalent than ever. It is a valuable prescription to turn inward with self-care practices, but going-it-alone may only increase feelings of isolation during shutdowns and safe-distancing. What if you could tap into your larger community to bolster your own well-being while increasing social cohesion for all? Design thinking strategies are tailor-made for tackling the kind of gnarly problem that the pandemic has forced on all of us. In this workshop, we will uncover community needs, explore the intersection with our own needs, generate lots of potential ideas, and prototype some solutions. It’s a stimulating and fun process that could have a big impact on your rural community. Registration will be $20 for ARSL members and $35 for nonmembers.

Presented by Brenda Hough, Instructional Designer, Infopeople/Califa; Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Programs Manager, OCLC. 

Register here!

ARSL Statement on Anti-Racism

Because Black lives matter and library professionals can be agents of change in rural and small communities across the nation, ARSL urges our members to stand up and speak out to end systemic oppression and police brutality. The ARSL Board of Directors is in active discussion about how we will commit to anti-racist work within our association.

Silence is compliance.